Are you planning some upcoming home maintenance projects? What are some of the ways you can be sure you will not get ripped off by a dishonest tradesman? We have listed some of the things to watch out for to ensure you do not fall prey to a home repair scam.
To start with, you may get varied estimates for work you want done, depending on the kind of neighborhood you live in. Be cautious If you live in a wealthier area, as you may get quoted more than someone who lives in a less affluent area. Try and get a quote for work before giving out your address. That way, you will know the price is not based on the area.
Sad to say, a lot of the time, it is the elderly who are mostly targeted by con men. If you are an older person, when you are looking for a contractor, be very aware of this. Be watchful, also, of tradesmen who come to your door or call you on the phone in an attempt to get you to have work done. A scam artist will shy away from giving their address, so before you decide to use them, check all these facts.
Make sure that the individual you hire is licensed for the job they will be doing. Have them agree to a fixed price for the work. If not, they might add a lot more ‘extras’ to the price they quoted you. Have a contract with this fixed price written down and signed beforehand. it is unwise to put large deposits down for the work, and not a good idea to pay for the entire job before it is done.
We are here to help with any questions or concerns you might have about the type of tradesmen to hire, so please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to help you.